By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli has started testing its prototype tyres for the 2011 Formula One season, according to news reports.
The Italian tyres manufacturer, which is taking over from Bridgestone as the sole tyre supplier to the sport at the end of the current season, has run a prototype version of its new tyre for the first time in France.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli, told Manipe F1: “We’ve started some initial testing on a GP2 car and had the first runs at Paul Ricard. It was very successful and we’re very happy with the performance of the product for the first test.”
Hembery refused to be drawn on the identity of the driver who carried out the test, however, he did reveal that the company should know soon which car it will use to carry out further testing of its new tyre, with the 2009 Toyota having been mentioned as one possible option.
Current teams will have to wait until the end of the season to sample the new tyres for the first time.